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From ANN:

Guts, known as the Black Swordsman, seeks sanctuary from the demonic forces attracted to him and his woman because of a demonic mark on their necks, and also vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. Aided only by his titanic strength gained from a harsh childhood lived with mercenaries, a gigantic sword, and an iron prosthetic left hand, Guts must struggle against his bleak destiny, all the while fighting with a rage that might strip him of his humanity.

Warning: This manga is for mature audiences only, since it has sexual content and graphic violence (gore, blood, rape, etc). Definitely not for the weak hearted.

The 1988 Prototype chapter won a prize at the Comi Manga School Miura attended and the main series won the Tezuka Osamu Award for Excellence in 2002.


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Associated Names
Berserk Max

Groups Scanlating
Band of The Hawks
Evil Genius

Latest Release(s)
c.352 by Evil Genius & MangaStream 30 days ago
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c.350 by Evil Genius & MangaStream 8 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
39 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 and skips to Vol 3, Ch 09 (1997) / Vol 3, Chap 09 (2012) / Vol 18, Chap 134 (2016)
Ends at Vol 13, Chap 102 (1997) / Vol 13, Chap 107 (2012) / Vol 29, Chap 264 (2017)

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (2664 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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January 12th 2018, 2:30pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Animal House (Hakusensha)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

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English Publisher
Dark Horse (38 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Tinboy
February 21st, 2010, 3:48pm
The beginning is VERY BORING but if you get past that it becomes a masterpiece imo. There is a lot of gore and the plot is very interesting; it always keeps you entertained (not including the beginning).
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The art is the stuff of masters.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by malk
February 20th, 2010, 9:18am
This was the first manga I ever read. Since then, I have read hundreds of series over the past 2-3 years, and I have never seen better art than that in Berserk. I honestly don't think it exists anymore. The storyline is amazing, the art work is godly, and in all honesty the only things I can truly say bad about it is the same afflictions that any manga gets with time and that is a decrease in the quality of storyline at the later chapters.

The story does seem to drag on toward the end, whether that is because I have to wait sometimes 3 months per chapter or because of an actual quality decrease in storyline, I honestly can't say. The quality of the art is the best, but that comes at the cost of an extremely slow production of new chapters.

That being sad, if I didn't rate this a 10 no manga on this site would be worthy of it. I recommend this manga to anyone who doesn't mind alot of gore, bloodshed, and nudity. I personally find those things to be a plus.

... Last updated on February 20th, 2010, 9:18am
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docking a point   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by hamburgers
February 3rd, 2010, 4:53pm
I'm docking a point for too much rape, but aside from that this is definitely one of the most emotionally and visually stunning manga I have ever read. The artwork is so incredibly detailed that I have trouble taking it all in; you could spend hours looking at a single panel to spot the little details that you would otherwise have missed. The monsters are gross and horrific, while the bad guys are incredibly easy to hate. This is as honest of a review as you're gonna get. But remember, there's lots of raep and other traumatic events. Like the description above says: definitely not for the weak of heart.
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A MUST read manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bloodfall
January 9th, 2010, 10:37am
Berserk is a must-read for any manga fan.
In my pov, berserk is like "the godfather" on the manga world.

The best art i've ever seen so far, great plot, great characters....
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Rating: N/A
by dreamer00013
January 8th, 2010, 11:38am
ugh.....I'm still reading the first volume and this is nothing like I expected. I heard people say "This is so awesome" and all, another person kept telling me that it's so great and that the graphic scenes aren't that many and that horrible - but I was surprised. It was NOTHING like I imagined. Actually, the graphic scenes really aren't disturbing (yet?) and the art was good. Not catastrophal like many say. And the art is sure to get better - there are 20 volumes, it HAS to get better! I'll see about the characters and plot.

but still, one tip: Do not eat while reading.....

... Last updated on July 7th, 2010, 5:31am
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Going steadily downhill   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by lordyupa
October 25th, 2009, 10:20pm
I used to love Berserk more than life itself. The Golden Age story arc remains some of the greatest storytelling in manga history, and many of the subsequent chapters were also excellent. However, I feel like I can no longer recommend Berserk with a clear conscience. In recent years it's been slowly transforming from a gritty low-fantasy book to a generic J-RPG. Guts, the main character and one of the most psychologically complex action heroes I've ever read, has been pretty much replaced by a cast of extremely boring stock characters, including the hot-blooded young kid who wants to be a warrior, the super-cool skilled swordsman who rarely speaks, the kawaii-magic-girl-chan ^_^, and a couple of useless girls who spend their time being victims.

In the beginning, Berserk was about Guts fighting a continually losing battle against fate itself, supported in his hopeless endeavor only by his titanic force of will. Now, it seems that he and his gang spend their time fighting a series of trite "boss battles" straight from Final Fantasy, and nearly every problem is solved by the witch girl busting out some new and unprecedented magic power that resolves it automatically. Frankly, it's sucked for the last 3-4 years.

So should you read it? I want to say yes. Some parts of Berserk are truly perfect, the epitome of the mangaka's craft. Other parts (and sadly these parts indicate the current direction of the story) are more like an insult to the reader.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by N0X
October 25th, 2009, 6:17pm
You know, kotto, you actually have a point there. When I read the manga for the first time, I also thought the same thing. Miura bringing the magic and everything in put it almost "over-the-top", but somehow it all balances out with the demons and God Hands and the bad guys. Besides, it was refreshing, and Guts certainly needed something else than his sword to be able to kick some serious apostle ass (which he did after he got the armor). ^^
As for the characters, in a way they also balance eachother out, you have the comedic relief (Isidro and Puck), the all-so serious women of the squad (Schierke, Farnese and that female fairy), and last, but not least, a mastermind and a tactitian (Serpico) being Guts' opposite when it comes to fighting, as Guts is more of a up-front kinda guy, while Serpico will cunningly find the best way to defeat someone, even if it's "fair" or not. Serpico can in a way have similarities to Griffith, but that's another story. My point is that Miura makes it all balance out perfectly, and with all the different character's background stories and introductions done so magnificently, this deserves nothing less than a 10 on my account.

A girl actually does survive in the beginning of the manga. --> Chapter 8, the daughter of the apostle Guts' fights when we first see Femto.

... Last updated on October 25th, 2009, 6:20pm
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Great manga but I dont what to say about it now.   
Rating: N/A
by kotto
October 20th, 2009, 10:50pm
I watched the anime before I even started reading Berserk. I enjoyed the anime and continue to rewatch it when I have time. In the beginning the manga was great. Im not saying it isnt great now but I kind of disappointed that it all magic and stuff. I didnt mind Gutt's armor(cant remember the name) but the witch and the little annoying little boy character....its like in the beginning of the manga you see a little girl then....BAM she gets killed. So how is this annoying little punk alive and WTF is with the magic and shit. I understand that there are demons and stuff but we didnt need fairy magic. I will give the manga a 9 since some of the villains in the beginning of the manga were too childish. Sadly its hard to read more of the manga since it has lost it touch for me and if I read any of its to see if any happens to Caska(Getting memory back or something) or Gutts not for any of the other chars.(Hoping they would die or something)

... Last updated on October 20th, 2009, 10:56pm
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So not for kids   
Rating: N/A
by heatguyj
October 12th, 2009, 9:02am
I started reading this series when I was around 14, and I had to stop, although I read up to everything that was scanlated up to that time. It's a really good series, great art, story, and everything, but I had to keep looking over my shoulder every minute that I was reading this. That's actually the only reason why I stopped, not because of the gore or graphic scenes, but because I kept stressing over the fact that someone was gonna walk in on me reading it ^_^. But I definitely plan on starting it up again. Well this didn't help anyone at all, but just really don't read it if you don't wanna be caught doing so.
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Pros and Cons   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by OppKnox
July 11th, 2009, 11:29pm
Berserk’s pros and cons can be summarized rather simply. Among its flaws are its excessive mayhem and debauchery; its poor transition from adult tragedy to children’s fairytale; its incorporation of every medieval cliché known to man in a seemingly pointless mélange; and its longwinded mysticism. Among its assets are its staggering art; the mythic resonance of Guts and Griffith’s saga; Volumes 4 through 13; and the many memorable flights of fancy that follow, from the creepy Lost Children bit to Griffith’s colorful minions.

... Last updated on July 11th, 2009, 11:35pm
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